January 13, 2009
Not to discourage anyone, but you need to READ carefully and THINK about what the new updates are actually saying. There are two so far. Here is what I wrote to another group who was getting excited about ‘resellers being able to sell’…because it isn’t true.
Here is information taken directly from their update page:
***The new safety law does not require resellers to test children’s
products in inventory for compliance with the lead limit before they are sold. However, resellers cannot sell children’s products that exceed the lead limit and therefore should avoid products that are likely to have lead content, unless they have testing or other information to indicate the products being sold have less than the new limit. Those resellers that do sell products in violation of the new limits could face civil and/or criminal penalties.***
I still don’t see an out, even for resellers. If you read this, it says that they can sell it IF the items do not exceed the lead limit - and to avoid selling anything that may be in question. So how do you know what the lead limit is without testing it first???
Without testing the item, or having proof from the manufacturer that it was tested and certified - they are still back where they started from. It also doesn’t say anything about it being retroactive so we can sell our inventory without worry.
What they have written is a CONTRADICTION between the first sentance and the second one! At least that’s what I’m reading…reread it and tell me I’m seeing things??? They are going in circles here.
And their ‘exemption’ announcement about fabric and wood, that too is NOT clarified at all. They state that items made of 100% natural fabric or wood is wonderful news - until you start looking closer. Buttons, zippers, snaps, velcro, polyester thread, etc would make any clothing items undergo testing - so although the fabric makers can sell their fabric, those who purchase it can’t use it to create items and resell them without testing their items (or the buttons, snaps, etc.) Same with wood - use plain wood, that’s fine. But what about nails, screws, stain, paint, polyurethane, etc. All that would come under testing because they are metals and plastics.
So it sounds good, but they have not clarified it enough for anyone to breathe freely yet.
I still can’t sell my products.